(MARYVILLE, TN) - The 2014 USA South Men's Basketball Tournament championship game took place on Saturday, March 1 on the campus of Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee as fourth-seeded LaGrange College defeated third-seeded Huntingdon College, 94-84, to capture the program's first USA South Tournament title.
Huntingdon used a strong opening 20 minutes to build a ten-point halftime lead, 52-42. LaGrange then began to build momentum beginning at the 16:33 mark down 60-48. The Panthers used a 23-8 run over the next ten minutes to take a 71-68 lead that would only be expanded the rest of the game en route to the ten point victory.
LaGrange was led by Nick Mitchell who led all scorers with 21 points in addition to four rebounds, four steals and three assists. For his efforts during the three days of the tournament, Mitchell was named Most Valuable Player. The Panthers also received 19 points, seven steals, five assists and two rebounds from Denzel Robinson. Huntingdon was led by Jason Varney and Austin Hill who each tallied 19 points.
The 2014 USA South Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team:
Jamal Pullen, Ferrum
Damian Dixon, Greensboro
Austin Hill, Huntingdon
Patrick Dugger, LaGrange
Jason Varney, Huntingdon
Nick Mitchell, LaGrange (MVP)
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Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule
First Round - Thursday, February 27, 2014
#6 Methodist - 89 #3 Huntingdon - 92
#7 Ferrum - 77 #2 Averett - 71
#5 N.C. Wesleyan - 76 #4 LaGrange - 88
#8 Greensboro - 91 #1 Maryville - 83
Semifinals - Friday, February 28, 2014
#3 Huntingdon - 75 #7 Ferrum - 68
#4 LaGrange - 116 #8 Greensboro - 102
Finals - Saturday, March 1, 2014
#3 Huntingdon - 84 #4 LaGrange - 94